Friday, July 25, 2014

FIDA worries on pests in Aklan abaca plantations

Posted July 25, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

A total of 30 percent abaca plantations in Aklan were threatens by pests.

Thus, the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) is now concerned especially that based on the study, Aklan has about 4,268 hectares of abaca plantations which ranks in no. 10 with the most abaca plantations.

According to Melvin Zabala, abaca disease management program technician FIDA-Aklan, most pests are monitored in the town of Libacao.

Zabala said that possibly it was after the effects of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), with pests threatening its abaca plantations.

The report cited initial information indicating the pests that are affecting the abaca plantations include Abaca Mosaic Disease; Bract Mosaic Disease; and Bunchy Top.

For now, the FIDA has sprayed pesticide on the plantations in Libacao.

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